Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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R Easton

West Calder Soldier Dies of Wounds


"We regret to learn that Lance-Corporal Robert Easton, of the 1st Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mrs Easton, 18 Annan Street, West Calder, died of wounds on 9th January. Previous to the war he worked as a miner for Young's Oil Company. He served four years as a member of G Coy. 10th Royal Scots Territorials, and had only retired from the Company a few weeks when the war broke out. With a patriotic spirit which did him credit he enlisted in September 1914 and was in France for about 10 months. Later he went with the Indian Expeditionary Force to the Persian Gulf, where he was wounded and died. Deceased was well known in the village, was 24 years of age, and much sympathy will be felt for his widowed mother in her bereavement.


Another son, Pte John Easton, has been home for four days furlough. He was wounded three times at the Dardanelles, where he served with the 1st KOSB, and has been in hospital with a severe attack of enteric fever."


Midlothian Advertiser, February 18, 1916


In Memory of


Lance Corporal


1st Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

who died on

Sunday, 9th January 1916.

Commemorative Information


Memorial:  BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Panel 37 and 64


Location:  The Basra Memorial was originally sited within Basra War Cemetery but in 1997 the Memorial was moved by presidential decree. The move, carried out by the authorities in Iraq, involved a considerable amount of manpower, transport costs and sheer engineering on their part, and the Memorial has been re-erected in its entirety. The Basra Memorial is now located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the Gulf War. The Memorial consists of a roofed colonnade of white Indian stone, 80 metres long, with an obelisk 16 metres high as the central feature. The names are engraved on slate panels fixed to the wall behind the columns. More than 40,000 British, Indian and West African dead who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921, are commemorated on the Memorial.


CWGC website